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japan. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> good evening, the i am chip reid, one day after the holiday season kickoff the nation's merchants have reason for joy, by one estimate the number of black friday shoppers was up 20 percent over the same day last year. the question now is whether shoppers can maintain the pace. terrell brown is watching the shoppers and their treasures in new york tonight. >> it is shaping up to be a record-setting opening to this holiday shopping season. one retailer at wal-mart the neigh nation's biggest said it sold nearly 5,000 items a second on thanksgiving night, as stores opened their doors this year earlier than ever. >> the pumpkin pie was barely eaten thursday night when retailers opened their doors, some as early as 8:00 and 9:00 p.m., to jump-start the holiday shopping season. >> shopping! >> people showed up a clear majority of the nation's shoppers came into the stores between thursday night and friday morning. according to an overnight survey from a research group. >> this party was by far the biggest ever and have neve
so many others in congress will not, compromise. chip reid caught up with king on the streets of maine. >> if somebody comes to you and says i'm not going to compromise, what they're really saying is i have 100 percent of the truth. i'm 100% right. >> reporter: angus king says he's 100% certain of only one thing. that neither the democrats nor the republicans are always right. that is why when he takes his seat in january as the new senator from maine he will be doing it as an independent. >> the people are absolutely fed up with this nonsense. they have had it with washington not being able to get anything done. if you get people in a room, if you share a common understanding of the facts you can generally find common ground. and that's exactly the role that i hope i can play. >> reporter: he served two terms as governor of maine where he says he learned the value of being an independent. >> i don't have to check with anybody about what my positions are. i can call them as i see them. and that's what i did for eight years as governor there was one glorious six-week period whe
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